Opinion: Katie Couric’s Supreme Court questions stump Sarah Palin


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CBS has just released the second to last segment of what seems like Katie Couric’s 432-part interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. It airs tonight on the ‘CBS Evening News.’

In the most interesting part of the transcript, which the industrious Matea Gold has just posted over at the Show Tracker blog, Couric quizzes the governor of Alaska on her Supreme Court knowledge.

You can almost hear the awkward silence that follows.

COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with? PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s -- of course -- in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are -- those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know -- going through the history of America, there would be others but -- COURIC: Can you think of any? PALIN: Well, I could think of -- of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.


Here is a clip of the entire exchange, which was a part of CBS’ Vice Presidential Questions series. The video also shows Joe Biden’s answers on Roe v. Wade. The Palin part is near the end :

But there’s some good news for Palin: Not too many people are watching Couric. Her ratings when the first Palin interviews were broadcast are down from the same time last year.

For more on Couric’s Roe v. Wade questions, and Joe Biden’s response, check out our friends over at The Swamp.

And in other VP news, The Ticket will be live blogging tomorrow’s much-anticipated vice presidential debate right here. We’ll begin at around 5:30 p.m. PST, so mark your calendars.

-- Kate Linthicum